Gino Odjick, a beloved former hockey player with the Vancouver Canucks, passed away at 52. On Sunday, his sister Dina Odjick confirmed his passing. Our hearts are torn apart. She posted on Facebook, “My brother Gino Odjick has left us for the spirit world.
On their social media platforms, the Vancouver Canucks also honored the deceased. Francesco Aquilini, the team’s chairman and governor, wrote on Twitter that Gino “was a fan favorite from the day he joined the organization, putting his heart and energy into every shift on and off the ice.”
Odjick suffered from a condition known as amyloidosis, characterized by the buildup of an abnormal protein called amyloid in tissue and organs. It affects how well the organs work and can cause organ failure and death. After his diagnosis in 2014, it was estimated that he had only a few weeks to live.
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In 2014, he revealed his illness in an open letter to his followers. He wrote, “My spirit is vital even if my body isn’t. I will spend all my time with the people I care about, including my kids.
He also expressed his love for being a Canadian.
He wrote, “I feel very blessed for my life. “I played in some fantastic NHL cities, including Vancouver, Long Island, Philadelphia, and Montreal. I have always had a special bond with the supporters here, and in my heart, I will always be a Canuck. My favorite of your cheers was “Gino, Gino.” I’d give anything to hear them again. You’ve done a fantastic job.
Former NHL player, Gino Odjick has passed away at the age of 52. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/VDlvgtbihr
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 16, 2023
In Ottawa, he got cutting-edge therapies for his amyloidosis and endured chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a typical treatment for the illness since it slows down the body’s rapidly dividing cells, according to Columbia Medicine. Chemotherapy can eliminate the aberrant plasma that leads to amyloid plaques in patients with amyloidosis.
Given his prognosis, Odjick’s treatments were very successful. Many of his friends and family members were shocked and saddened by his passing at 52.
Geoff Courtnall, a former Canucks teammate, admitted being “shocked” to The Province. “He looked so wonderful at the rink when I visited him last month, even though I knew he had health problems. Despite his difficulties with his leg (an infection), he had good energy and was optimistic.
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